Windows 10 Search – A Feature That Should Be Used

I see many computers that have turned off the Search toolbar in Windows 10 and this is a feature that should be turned on. Right click on the toolbar and go to Search – Show search box You can then search everything on your computer just by entering the term or narrow it down by going documents:apple – it will then search all your documents for the word apple. You can do this as well with say photos: – videos: etc You can also open up programs by keying in the program such as Word.

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Microsofts One Drive – Use It For Backing Up

One Drive – the Cloud Storage feature which is part of Windows 10 is a great service now that more people should be taking advantage of.

Microsoft give you 5GB of cloud storage for free with One Drive , however if you have an Office 365 account, you get a terabyte of online storage with your subscription.

This is enough to backup most computers.

So why use One Drive:

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Is Out – My Thoughts

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is out now and will arrive on most peoples Windows 10 computers now or shortly. First it is a big update and took several hours – just over 2 and a couple of reboots to get everything installed , so that after the first successful installation , check Windows update again as you will find there maybe other updates. I have not had an issue with the Fall Creators Update but have read of some issues with things such as the start menu. This article may help: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update problems: how to fix them Take note of the comment on antivirus issues. Windows Defender is also “beefed up” in the update with some real benefits to protect you against including the anti-ransomware feature called Controlled Folder Access, which is also available through the Windows Defender Security Center, under Virus & Threat Protection… Read More

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Stop Programs Loading At Startup – Windows

You do not need all your programs loading at startup on your Windows computer. Windows computers will remember every time you install a program and want to load it along with everything else you have unless you stop those programs. So how do you do this? In Windows 10 through Task Manager and in Windows 7 through MSCONFIG Instructions can be found here:How to Disable Startup Programs In Windows  In the article ignore the reference to CCleaner

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Issues With Your Computer , Tablet , Smartphone – The First Thing To Do

Restart – yes – Restart If you are having any issues with either your computer , tablet or smartphone – restart the device. I increasingly come across people that do not ever restart their devices for weeks or months on end – this is not right. Tablets or smartphones at least once a week , computers – Windows 7 – every day , Windows 10 every couple of days – Apple Computers – every couple of days So what can restarting fix : Software & Operating system updates Network issues Software not starting Multiple issues When in doubt restart

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Thoughts On Antivirus Software – Think Before You Click

The first question I hear from people is ” Which Antivirus Should I Use “ So let me state software is not the only solution because people still need to engage the area between their ears before clicking or tapping on their devices. Think before you click  When we combine the two elements of thinking about what we are doing and software this can make for a marked improvement in device security. There is no one solution that fixes and protects all. I protect and use all of my Windows 10 devices with Defender and before that Security Essentials so between that and some good common-sense computing habits , such as using Google Chrome with an Adblocker , I have been well protected.

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Things I Do Not Like – AVG

I have decided to make this a semi – regular column and first cab off the rank is AVG. I have found this to be of little to no use on many systems , it appears to do little to prevent infections , wants to install other add-ons which will promise to ” tune up ” your system and when removed the computer usually runs faster and ” issues” disappear. To remove AVG use the AVG Removal Tool , do not try and remove it through the Control Panel as AVG does not want to be removed , that should be your first clue. Remember you do need an antivirus – Windows 10 – Windows 8 users – Defender does a great job

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